Egress Windows In Birmingham, Mi

THE PRIMARY REASON TO HAVE A BASEMENT EGRESS WINDOW INSTALLED IS SO YOU
HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF ESCAPE FROM YOUR BASEMENT IF YOU CANNOT GO UP
THE STAIRS AND EXIT FOR ANY REASON (I.E. FIRE). MANY HOMEOWNERS HAVE
CHILDREN LIVING IN THE BASEMENT AND FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE WITH THE
KNOWLEDGE THAT THEY CAN GET OUT IN CASE THERE IS AN EMERGENCY UPSTAIRS. A
BASEMENT EGRESS WINDOW ALSO PROVIDES LIGHT TO YOUR DARK BASEMENT AND GIVES
YOU ADDITIONAL VENTILATION. THE MICHIGAN RESIDENTIAL CODE OF 2006 REQUIRES
ANYONE WHO USES THE BASEMENT FOR ANYTHING BUT STORAGE TO HAVE A BASEMENT
EGRESS WINDOW INSTALLED. THIS MEANS THAT IF YOU GO TO YOUR CITY OR
TOWNSHIP AND APPLY FOR A BASEMENT FINISHING PERMIT, THE BUILDING OFFICIAL
WILL REQUIRE YOU TO INSTALL A BASEMENT EGRESS WINDOW. IN ORDER TO QUALIFY
AS AN EGRESS WINDOW THE WINDOW MUST HAVE 5.7 SQUARE FEET OF EXIT AREA, BE
A MINIMUM OF 24 INCHES HIGH, BE A MINIMUM OF 20 INCHES WIDE, AND HAVE A
WINDOW SILL OF NOT MORE THAN 44 INCHES HIGH. IN ADDITION, THE WINDOW WELL
ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE HOME MUST BE AT LEAST 9 SQUARE FEET AND PROJECT A
MINIMUM OF 36 INCHES FROM THE FOUNDATION. THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE IN PLACE
SO THAT NUMBER ONE, THERE IS ENOUGH ROOM FOR YOU TO ESCAPE IN AN
EMERGENCY, AND SECONDLY, LARGE ENOUGH FOR A FIREMAN TO ENTER YOUR BASEMENT
WITH A RESCUE PACK.

THE INSTALLATION OF THE BASEMENT EGRESS IS NOT VERY MESSY. A LOT OF
PEOPLE THINK THAT THE PROCESS IS GOING TO BE VERY DUSTY AND THAT THE
YARD AND THE LANDSCAPE IS GOING TO GET TORN UP. NOT AT ALL. THE
CUTTING OF THE FOUNDATION WALL IS COMPLETED WITH A SAW THAT IS FED
WATER AND THERE IS VIRTUALLY NO DUST. THE YARD AND THE LANDSCAPING IS
PROTECTED BY PLYWOOD. THE DIRT AND THE CONCRETE ARE HAULED AWAY WITH
A TRAILER AND THE JOB IS CLEANED UP. THE DRAINAGE ON THE OUTSIDE OF
THE HOME IS TIED INTO THE EXISTING FOOTING DRAIN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE
BASEMENT. A GRATE THAT HOLDS 500 POUNDS IS ATTACHED TO THE WINDOW
WELL ALONG WITH A WATER PROOF COVER OVER THE GRATE TO STOP WATER,
LEAVES, AND CRITTERS FROM ENTERING THE WINDOW WELL. THE ACTUAL WINDOW
IS INSTALLED IN A TREATED LUMBER FRAME AND YOU CAN FINISH THE INSIDE
WITH WOOD OR DRYWALL. ITS EASIER TO INSTALL THE WINDOW UNDER AN
EXISTING BASEMENT WINDOW HOWEVER YOU DON’T HAVE TO. THE BASEMENT
EGRESS WINDOW CAN BE INSTALLED ANYWHERE IN THE BASEMENT AS LONG AS
THE WINDOW WELL CAN BE EXCAVATED AND INSTALLED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE
HOME. WHEN CONSIDERING WHERE TO PUT THE WINDOW, MAKE SURE THE
UTILITIES LIKE GAS AND ELECTRIC ARE NOT UNDERGROUND AND IN THE WAY.
ALSO, THE CODE SAYS THAT THE EGRESS WINDOW MUST BE INSTALLED IN EVERY
SLEEPING AREA OF THE BASEMENT (BEDROOMS) AND THIS SATISFIES THE
REQUIREMENT FOR THE REST OF THE BASEMENT. YOU MUST HAVE ONE
INSTALLED.

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(248) 879.0671 Southeast Mi
mike@emergencyegress.com

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